About Saint Thomas'

The Norman church at Stanhope known as the Church of St Thomas the Apostle standing immediately above the Market Square is over 800 years old with evidence of an earlier Anglo-Saxon building.  The 2* listed Church has a fascinating history partly due to the distinguished and colourful rectors who have been attracted to enjoy the benefits attached.  Good fortune has preserved the contents including a Roman altar, ancient fonts, beautiful woodwork and superb medieval glass.

The Churchyard has listed tombstones and the world famous 250,000,000-year-old Fossil tree. Contact us


I’m delighted to say that we will draw the winner of Wiggy’s watercolour of the church on Easter Day after the 10am communion service, on the church steps......allowing time for worshippers to leave, this should mean at about 11am.

If you would like to be there, please maintain social distancing and ensure that the pathway is not blocked.

We are sorry not to be able to invite you into church - the numbers are very limited while the dry rot is being treated and Covid restrictions apply.

We will contact the winner and publish their name on the Friends’ website and Weardale Noticeboard facebook page and let Friends know by email.

If you would like to purchase tickets you can contact Sarah Stancliffe on 01388 526912

Meanwhile, we wish you all the best for Holy Week and Eastertide.